Proposed service cuts will go out to public consultation

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The first round of cuts to services as Bedford Borough Council tries to balance its books have been signed off.

It means that the money-saving measures will now be put out to consultation.

The cutbacks include axing council-run summer play schemes, scrapping funding for reducing speed limits and investing in average speed cameras, reducing opening hours at the customer service centre and withdrawing funding from the Marston vale Community Rail Partnership.

Changes to school transport policies are proposed to save £80,000 and cuts to dog warden and pest control jobs are on the cards, along with closing some public toilets.

Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson previously described the council’s work to meet ever tightening budgets as ‘pretty horrific and at crisis level’.

Council chiefs must plug a £25million funding shortfall by 2019, which has been caused by cuts in central government funding and increasing pressures on services such as social care.

The council’s executive agreed the proposals at its meeting last Wednesday (October 7).